Aug 10

Ryson always welcomes a customer visit. It is a great way for customers to familiarize themselves with our vertical conveying equipment, how they are constructed and how to best maintain them.

Ryson offers a customer visit to our integrators and potential customers.

Ryson welcomes plant tours for our integrator partners and potential customers.

This week we hosted an inspection by an automotive parts manufacturer. The customer sent various personnel, including operations, production design and maintenance to witness their product running on one of our spiral test units.  Our review of their production line layout helped us understand their needs for our Narrow Trak spirals and the critical issues (like infeed and outfeed transitions) that we need to address going forward.

 The visitors were then given a demonstration of the preventive maintenance procedures by one of our senior technicians and a walk-through of our manufacturing facility and parts storage areas.

If you are interested in a plant tour, or testing your product on one of our spirals, give us a call. We would be happy to visit with you. Check out some more stories from customer visits to our manufacturing plant on our weekly blog. Read more about our commitment to customer service on our website.

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Aug 03

Ryson Mass Flow Spiral with special design featuresIn the next few weeks we’ll be shipping two custom Mass Flow spirals with some special design features.

These two stainless steel hybrid spirals will work as part of the bulk de-palletizing system for a major brewery.

The special design features include a top canopy cover and removable clear lexan side guard extensions to keep dirt and debris from entering the bottles during their transport to the filler.

They will raise and lower empty glass bottles at rates exceeding 1,100 per minute. The elevation change on this 1900-400 model spiral is 13 feet and is made of components designed to handle wet environments.

 Our Integrator Partner, Gebo Cermex Canada, specified Ryson to their customer based on our reputation in the mass flow spiral market, where we have many project sites in North and South America handling bottles, cans and jars in mass.

If you would like to learn more about our Mass Flow Spiral Conveyors, visit www.ryson.com. You can also read more stories about custom solutions on our weekly blog.

 

 

 

 

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Jul 27

Ryson TCO

Ryson’s spirals are designed and manufactured to provide a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) when considering all costs associated with owning and operating equipment for vertical transportation of goods; initial price, shipping, installation, operation, maintenance, consumables, and reconfiguration.

TCO - Total Cost of ownership

There is a lot more costs associated with equipment than just the purchase price. Image © PMMI, developed by the OpX Leadership Network.

 

 

Capital equipment acquisition in many ways is analogues to an iceberg.  Most of the focus is on the readily visible part, the initial purchase price, however much more lies hidden beneath the surface and requires some investigation to ascertain.  A “Total Cost of Ownership” analysis reveals many hidden costs that can occur in: Shipping, Installation and Startup, Facility Requirements, Maintenance, Consumables, Utilities, and Removal or Reconfiguration.

A good example of these concepts would be two vehicles, one with a low purchase price but that gets poor fuel mileage and requires frequent costly maintenance verses another that has a higher purchase price but that gets good mileage and requires infrequent maintenance with reasonably priced components.  Obviously the first will require less initial investment but with time it will cost more to “own” especially if used frequently and for long distances.  If you include other less tangible costs like loss of use, or substitution costs, when the resource is unavailable because of repair and incidental costs like towing when the vehicle unexpectedly breaks down, the total cost of the initially less expensive option becomes rapidly more expensive to own than the other option. 

End of life or usefulness costs also need to be considered.  The cost, or return, of disposing of or modifying the unit needs to be considered in the TCO.  For example if a truck is being used to transport materials and after three years the requirements change and the truck is no longer suitable as is, the truck must be replaced.  However, if the bed of the truck can be modified for a reasonable amount, the useful life of the truck is extended, potentially significantly reducing its total cost of ownership.

The industry group PMMI working with the OpX Leadership Network facilitated a group of Consumer Packaged Goods companies and suppliers to these companies to develop a process that outlines developing a TCO analysis.  This document is available at https://www.opxleadershipnetwork.org/ for reference.

Many of the design features of Ryson’s spirals provide the benefit of addressing TCO.

  • The small footprint reduces the space required to vertically transport product.
  • Overlapping slats provide a continuous conveying surface that provides high throughput.
  • Rolling slat support removes sliding so lubrication is not needed and power requirements are reduced.
  • The modular design allows the spiral to be reconfigured for a fraction of the price of a new spiral.
  • The bearings are sealed for life and automatic chain tensioning reduce maintenance requirements and make maintenance scheduling predictable.
  • Horizontal infeeds and outfeeds provide the gentlest possible transitions for the product being handled.
  • Many more.

It is beyond the scope of this introductory blog to cover these and other features in detail.  You can find more information in other associated Ryson blogs or by contacting Ryson at sales@ryson.com. Our Vertical Conveying Solutions Video (below) goes into some more detail on how Ryson Equipment can help with cost savings.

 

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Jul 13

Ryson offers an optional startup service. Customers and Integrators alike may opt for a Ryson Startup Service to ensure the spiral is integrated properly, and are set up to optimize the spiral operation.

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Ryson Service Tech makes final integration adjustments on a startup service.

A Ryson service tech will assist in the installation and startup of the spiral to assure the items conveyed are being handled properly. They will also inspect and consult for proper integration both mechanically and electrically. Every Ryson Service Tech is a certified PMMI trainer and will train the customers’ staff on the proper care and maintenance of the spiral.

Ryson is dedicated to providing excellent customer service and support. The Ryson Service Department is always available to assist with installation and service questions. While our products require very little maintenance, it is important that they are maintained correctly. Ryson offers factory or on site maintenance training designed to maximize the benefits of our products and to ensure a long and trouble free operating life.

Read more about our support on the Parts and Service page on www.ryson.com. You can also read some more installation stories on our weekly blog.

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Jul 06

Ryson Spirals in an Up and Over ConceptUp and Over Concept Frees Up Floorspace: This week we’re shipping two of our Narrow Trak Spirals that fill a rather frequent application for our spiral conveyors: Free up floor space by taking empty plastic bottles from a bulk de-palletizing area, up single file, to an overhead conveyor and back down to the filler.

Our Narrow Trak 1700-150’s have a 6” wide slat and they are built to allow the bottles to side transfer in and out to and from Arrowhead’s flush-mounted table top conveyor. By inclining to the overhead, the end-user frees up floor area for movement of raw materials and finished goods. The spirals are running at a speed of 130 FPM with a bottle transfer rate of 250 per minute. The spirals have an upper elevation of 9’-6” and are powder coated with a standard white color.

Our Integrator Partner on this project is Arrowhead Conveyor Corporation. If you would like more information on our new line of Narrow Trak Spiral Conveyors, visit our website, download the NT spotlight, or read more NT Spiral stories on our weekly blog.

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Jun 27

This week we are shipping a special application Mass Flow Spiral Conveyor. Custom designed center lane dividers will turn a single spiral into 4 separated lanes.

Ryson Special Application Mass Flow Spiral ConveyorThis impressive unit is one of our 1900-400 Mass Flow Spirals with a 16” wide slat conveying surface that is  divided into 4 lanes. It will convey single serving desert packs to an elevation of 14’-0” at a rate of over 300 per minute per lane.

Our Integrator Partner, BW Integrated Systems, utilized the spiral to elevate the packs and transport them overhead to a downstream spiral chiller. The spiral will run between 100 and 150 feet per minute. It is our Hybrid stainless steel model suitable for the customer’s wet environment.

Each Ryson Spiral is custom built to the customer’s requirements, and there are many additional options available. Visit www.ryson.com for more information about how spirals can be customized to your needs, or view some custom application stories on our weekly blog.

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Jun 01

All Ryson Spirals are made to order and can include many optional features. Custom side guards are one example.

Ryson custom Side GuardsFrom time to time, we get a request from our integrator partners whose customers are seeking an extra tall side guard on our spirals. However, a solid height side guard with an extended height blocks them from seeing loads transported up the various turns.

Our newly-designed modular side guard extensions allow the operators to see those loads through the lexan guards that attach easily with hardware already a part of the spirals.

The design also allows the maintenance people to easily remove the lexan guards in 1/8 turn sections to gain access to any area of the spiral.

For more information on Ryson Spiral Conveyor options, visit www.ryson.com. You can also read about some custom applications on our weekly blog.

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May 25

Tall Ryson NT: Ideal for Small Package ConveyingSmall package conveying: This week we’re shipping one of our Narrow Trak Spiral Conveyors, to a food manufacturer. The model 1700-150 NT will elevate single serve gelatin cups to a 20’ elevation at 290 per minute.

The system integrator, Nercon, will be end-transferring in and out of the spiral via a micro-pitch transfer. The spiral’s full width friction inserts keep the cups in position on the way up this 7-turn spiral, inclining at an angle just above 6 degrees.

This 6” wide slat Narrow Trak model is also available in a smaller diameter 4’-2”. The 1200-230 NT Model has wider 9″ slat surface with an outside diameter of 4′-9″.

The Narrow Trak Spirals offer a significantly larger elevation change capacity than what is currently available in the small package marketplace. They are also a good alternative to side gripper conveyors because they can run at high speeds and do not need to be adjusted for varying product sizes. The nesting slats have the capacity to reliably end-transfer small cartons and packages or side-transfer small bottles or containers in a single file or in a continuous mass flow.

If you would like more information on the Ryson Narrow Trak Spirals, Visit our website, download the product info, or read application stories on our weekly blog.

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May 18

Ryson Split Lane SpiralThis week we ship a space saving split lane spiral to a major food manufacturer.

The Ryson 1700-600 Spiral model is not only a space-saver because of it’s small footprint (7’-11” diameter), but the end-user has combined two production lines into one split lane spiral, saving money and additional floorspace.

The spiral has a center divider creating the two lanes in the spiral, delivering sealed cartons at a rate of 300 per minute from an overhead conveyor (8’-9”) to the floor level for case packing.

Ryson’s all-stainless steel design allows the spiral to operate in a wet environment and the spiral will ship pre-assembled, reducing site implementation time.

The integrator on this project is Bastian Solutions. For more information on the Ryson Spiral Conveyors, visit www.ryson.com. You can also read more split lane applications on our weekly blog.

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May 11

This week, Ryson is attending the 63rd annual MHEDA Convention in Miami Beach.

MHEDA Convention

Steve Dillaman – Vice President Sales – Discusses the unique advantages of Ryson Spirals.

The Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association is the premier trade association dedicated to serving the material handling business community. Over 600 distributor and manufacturer companies worldwide utilize MHEDA’s resources to help their business stay competitive and employees stay connected.

At the Convention, hundreds of material handling industry professionals will gather under one roof for insights to face tomorrow’s lightning speed world.

Ryson is a Proud member of MHEDA and always excited to connect with customers and integration partners at their conventions. Click here to learn more about the MHEDA organization.

 

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